Inflammation Explained Simple. Once And For All.

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Foods which promote inflammation.

Researcher Dr Nicholas Perricone, a leading crusader of the anti-inflammatory diet, found that to prevent body inflammation, and help manage arthritis symptoms, there are certain foods which should be avoided. These include –

  • Sugar-All the things we love to eat are the things we should avoid. Pastries, cakes, chocolates, tarts, biscuits, and soda – to name but a few, all have something in common in the form of refined sugar.
  • Mono-sodium-glutamate (MSG)-A food additive which adds flavour which is found in foods that contain soy, soup mixes, salad dressing, and processed meat and cheese. This harmful chemical contributes to chronic inflammation and may even affect liver health.
  • Trans-fats -Trans-fats are made through a chemical process by which hydrogen is added to liquid unsaturated fat which is then solidified for shelf-life and flavour stability. Trans-fats cause harm by blocking the production of chemicals that fight inflammation, while simultaneously allowing chemicals that increase inflammation to run riot.
  • Gluten-Sensitivity to gluten in foods found in wheat products, barley and rye, may also contribute to inflammation.
  • Refined foods- Foods made from refined flour and refined, processed sugars are killers which need to be shunned.
  • Full-fat dairy –which is rich in lactose acid should be avoided by arthritic folk. Acid aggravates and increases joint pain.

Many people, including those who have, or  yet presume to have, inflammatory problems, do not bother to read the labels of the foods they buy. To avoid harmful substances, it is so important, as the labels detail all the ingredients in the products making it easy to identify those which you should be avoiding.

 

Foods which help to fight against inflammation.

To help reduce inflammation, especially in joints, an overall healthy diet will benefit your general health and well-being.

Here are some excellent foods you can add to your diet which studies have shown to be anti-inflammatory:

  • Tomatoes which are alkaline and help keep acid levels under control.
  • Olive oil which is a healthy unsaturated fat.
  • Green leafy veggies such as spinach, broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, and kale.
  • Other vegetables like chives, garlic, leeks, and onions, also do a great job controlling inflammation, as do salad greens and sprouts.
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts.
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna are high in omega-3, an essential fatty acid, which keeps the immune system up and running.
  • Berries like strawberries, blueberries and cherries, are well-known sources that deal with inflammation.

It is a good idea to cut down on red meat and make fish the source of your natural protein, which will also cut down on acid intake. Skinless chicken is another option for natural protein.

 

KEEP READING EVEN MORE: Arthritis: 10 Foods To Eat More Of And 5 To Avoid Like The Plague

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